Final Round Pushed Till Monday
NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. – Heavy rain and a saturated golf course has pushed back the final round of the BMW Championship to Monday. With the final 30 spots in the FedExCup Playoffs on the line, officials are committed on completing 72 holes, even if it requires a Tuesday finish.
“We will do everything we can to play tomorrow,” said Slugger White, PGA TOUR Vice President of Rules and Competition. “
PGA TOUR rules official Slugger White briefs the media on the condition of the course at Aronimink.
— BMW Championship (@BMWchamps) September 9, 2018
It is also possible that the tournament might be over, with 54-hole leader Justin Rose declared the winner and the current top 30 in projected points moving on to the TOUR Championship.
Tour meteorologist says there should be a window of opportunity between 8 am and 2 pm to get play in tomorrow. #BMWCHAMPS
— Ron Mintz (@MintzGolf) September 9, 2018
Even if the final round isn’t completed Monday, PGA TOUR regulations state that the tournament will extend to Tuesday if at least half the field can finish their rounds on Monday.
“If we get in tomorrow and we get half the round completed, yes, we would be into Tuesday,” White said.
The final round is scheduled to start Monday at 7:30 a.m. ET in threesomes off two tees. The first group of Rose, Rory McIlroy and Xander Schauffele will tee off at 9:20 a.m
McIlroy takes his Ryder Cup teammates for a ride in a BMW.
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 9, 2018
Golf Channel will air live coverage starting at 10 a.m. ET
The sense of urgency to play all 72 holes is increased in FedExCup Playoffs events, since the cut after each tournament determines the field for the next event.
This week at the BMW Championship, a field of 69 players began the week, with just the top 30 in points moving on to the TOUR Championship and a chance to win the FedExCup.
Making the East Lake field also comes with other perks, such as invitations to big events that allow a player to organize his playing schedule.
Jordan Spieth is currently 31st and wants to play his way back in the top 30. In his PGA Tour Career he has never missed going to East Lake.
Jordan Spieth is outside the top 30 in the #FedExCup.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 8, 2018
If the 54-hole leaderboard holds, then Rose would win for the third time this season and take over the No. 2 spot in the FedExCup standings behind Bryson DeChambeau, who won the first two Playoffs events. Rose would also move to world No. 1 for the first time in his career.
Monday Tee Times And Pairings
No. 1 Tee
7:30 a.m. Kyle Stanley, Henrik Stenson, Beau Hossler
7:40 a.m. Adam Hadwin, Charles Howell III, Brooks Koepka
7:50 a.m. Keith Mitchell, Jason Kokrak, Austin Cook
8:00 a.m. Alex Noren, Bubba Watson, Bryson DeChambeau
8:10 a.m. Ryan Armour, Aaron Wise, B.H. An
8:20 a.m. Kevin Na, Jason Day, Jon Rahm
8:30 a.m. Andrew Putnam, Ted Potter, Jr., Tony Finau
8:40 a.m. Webb Simpson, Tiger Woods, Scott Piercy
8:50 a.m. Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Reed, Gary Woodland
9:00 a.m. Francesco Molinari, Billy Horschel, Justin Thomas
9:10 a.m. Tommy Fleetwood, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley
9:20 a.m. Justin Rose, Rory McIlroy, Xander Schauffele
No. 10 tee
7:30 a.m. Dustin Johnson, Luke List, Zach Johnson
7:40 a.m. J.J. Spaun, Brice Garnett, Andrew Landry
7:50 a.m. Jordan Spieth, Peter Uihlein, Abraham Ancer
8:00 a.m. C.T. Pan, Chez Reavie, Ian Poulter
8:10 a.m. Si Woo Kim, Patrick Cantlay, Paul Casey
8:20 a.m. Tyrrell Hatton, Chris Kirk, Brian Gay
8:30 a.m. Patton Kizzire, Marc Leishman, Pat Perez
8:40 a.m. Emiliano Grillo, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Kevin Kisner
8:50 a.m. Adam Scott, Chesson Hadley, Ryan Palmer
9:00 a.m. Louis Oosthuizen, Cameron Smith, Brandt Snedeker
9:10 a.m. Brendan Steele, Phil Mickelson, Brian Harman
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